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Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious discover a way to annihilate the Jedi before they can even comprehend that the Sith still exist. But this plan involves a certain nuclear device, so the Sith Lords send their deadly apprentice to a prison colony to find the merchant who owns it. While Maul dukes it out with the prisoners in a fight-to-the-death contest in search for the target, Plagueis and Sidious plot against each other in how they'll use the weapon for their own personal gains.
Darth Maul is a favorite among many when it comes to Sith characters, and the merciless brutality he displays like that in Maul: Lockdown is probably why. Author Joe Schrieber has effortlessly integrated the genre of horror into the Star Wars universe, and using the most menacing-looking character to do it calls for a bloody good time.
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy's worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object capable of obliterating the Jedi and conquering the galaxy.
Sith Lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.
This is definitely an "acquired taste" kind of book. If you enjoy gruesome, action packed horror-style stories, this is a no-brainer. If you don't, however, you may find this one to be a little more difficult to get into. I think Joe Schreiber has a very unique style. I happen to like that style, but I do recognize it's not for everyone.
Very far off the beaten path of a hero’s journey about a farm boy, princess, wizard, pirate, and a space bear with a crossbow, Maul: Lockdown is an excellent experiment in villainy. If you’re going to make a solo adventure about Darth Maul, it might as well be set in a gladiatorial space prison with a Yuuzahn Vong, a Wampa, a consciousness-sucking death worm, and cannibalistic prison gangs. It’s the Darth Maul story I never knew I wanted. Thrown into the mix are occasional appearances from Palpatine, Plagueis, and Jabba—and they steal the show. Schreiber’s writing was so descriptive in a dark way—I feel like he unlocked a part of my imagination that should probably be imprisoned with Maul and his counterparts. I recommend Maul: Lockdown to those who like Star Wars and also like horror. If you don’t like the darker corners of literature, maybe it’ll be a good horizon-expanding read around Halloween, or if you’re just wanting more time with everybody’s favorite evil acrobat.